- Safe access and arrangements for cleaning.
- Whether you’ll need to stop employees from opening windows to prevent falls.
- The effects of glare on people inside the building.
- The fact that a glass office is essentially a greenhouse in summer.
- Markings to make glass doors and walls visible in all lighting conditions.
- Traffic management where roads are right next to transparent glass walls.
Imagine you’re sat in your office. An employee calls and asks you to come down to the shop floor to deal with an emergency. So you sprint into the corridor, turn the corner… and slam face-first into an invisible wall. It sounds like a scene from a slapstick comedy. But it’s actually what’s been happening at Apple’s brand new headquarters in California, nicknamed the Spaceship. A marvel of modern architecture, this futuristic building features transparent glass panels and doors. A bit too transparent, as it turns out—three employees were hospitalised after running into the panels. So when you’re designing your fancy new workspace, both you and your architects need to keep health & safety in mind. Are you up to scratch? In the UK, guidelines for the design and marking of glass walls and doors are set out in British Standards. If your workspace has glass features, you need to check that you’ve met these standards. You’ll also need to assess the hazards and risks. But aren’t they the same thing? Not exactly—a hazard is something that can cause harm. In this case, a glass wall. A risk is the chance—high or low—that the hazard in question will cause someone harm. When it comes to glass doors and walls, you’ll need to keep in mind: